Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United
Loan : Portsmouth – Southend United
|Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has joined Southend on loan for the remainder of the 2020/21 season.
The 22-year-old forward spent the first half of the campaign with Bromley in the National League.He netted twice in 12 league and FA Cup appearances, finding the target at Maidenhead and King's Lynn.
Hackett-Fairchild now links up with a Shrimpers side looking to climb off the foot of the fourth tier table.
He joined Pompey 12 months ago and made his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall the following day.
Loan : Portsmouth – Bromley
|Reeco Hackett-Fairchild has returned to Bromley on loan until January 3.
But Pompey have an option to recall the 22-year-old forward from the National League side after the initial 28 days of the deal.
He arrived at Fratton Park from the London outfit at the start of 2020, making his debut in an EFL Trophy victory at Walsall.
But Hackett-Fairchild has been left frustrated by a series of knocks and will now be looking for a regular run of games back at Bromley.
He scored eight goals in 25 appearances for them during the first half of last season and previously played for Charlton.
A few hundred fans were allowed in to watch the contest and saw defender Cameron Pring come on to make his debut, just a few hours after arriving on loan from Bristol City.
Ronan Curtis opened the scoring, while Reeco Hackett-Fairchild added a brace and Ryan Williams wrapped things up.
Kenny Jackett decided to name a strong side at Privett Park, with the entire starting 11 involved in the Carabao Cup victory at Stevenage a few days earlier.
There were also returns from injury for attacking duo Ellis Harrison and Hackett-Fairchild, who both featured in the second half.
John Marquis and Marcus Harness had early half-chances before a Curtis header was cleared from the line.
The visitors also had appeals for a penalty turned down by referee Tim Godfray when Marquis went down in the box.
And they broke the deadlock midway through the first half, as Gareth Evans’ cross was flicked on by Bryn Morris for CURTIS to fire home.
Pompey were searching for more goals and Marquis was denied by a block, while Sean Raggett nodded over and Harness saw an effort saved by Pat O’Flaherty.
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The entire Blues side was changed at the break, with new arrival Pring among the players entering the fray.
But it was HACKETT-FAIRCHILD who soon doubled the advantage, expertly firing home after being slipped through by Andy Cannon.
And the same played added a third goal on 54 minutes, with HACKETT-FAIRCHILD making space for himself on the edge of the box and crashing the ball into the corner.
There was not too much happening to trouble Duncan Turnbull at the other end, although he did have to turn a Rory Williams free-kick around the post.
That sparked a busy period for the American stopper, though, who brilliantly denied Matt Paterson from point-blank range.
Most of the action was happening at the other end and a Hackett-Fairchild delivery was deflected against the crossbar.
And Australian winger WILLIAMS did add a fourth on 70 minutes after reacting quickest to a loose ball in the Boro box.
It almost got even better for the Blues moments later, but Harrison Brook was unable to find the target.
Hackett-Fairchild then came close to completing a hat-trick late on, only to see his free-kick bend over the bar and another fierce shot saved.
First Half: MacGillivray; Bolton, Downing, Raggett, Brown; Naylor (c), Morris; Harness, Evans, Curtis; Marquis
Second Half: Turnbull; Mnoga, Whatmough, Rew, Pring; Close, Storey (Brook 68); Williams, Cannon, Hackett-Fairchild; Harrison
Transfer : Bromley – Portsmouth
|Pompey have completed the signing of forward Reeco Hackett-Fairchild from Bromley for an undisclosed fee.
The 21-year-old – who has been given the number 18 shirt – has penned a two-and-a-half-year deal at Fratton Park, with the club holding an option for a further 12 months.
Hackett-Fairchild progressed through the ranks at Dagenham & Redbridge and signed for Charlton following a successful trial.
He made 24 appearances for the Addicks and featured in an EFL Trophy defeat to Pompey at The Valley.
The Londoner then moved to Bromley last summer, having ended the previous season on loan with the National League outfit.
He has featured in 25 games for them this term and netted eight goals, including braces against Hartlepool and Maidenhead.